Here's a healthier version of Dirt and Worms Pudding Cups! This allergen-friendly recipe is made with homemade dairy-free pudding, gluten-free chocolate cookie crumbs and it's made without Cool Whip. Perfect for a spooky Hallowe'en party snack or for a kids' birthday party!
❤️ Why you'll love this recipe
- A no-bake treat for kids: quick to make.
- Fun to eat!
- Allergen-friendly: Most dirt and worms dessert recipes are made with packaged instant pudding mix, Cool Whip and Oreo cookie crumbs. This recipe makes these pudding cups healthier by using homemade pudding (dairy-free if made with oat milk or other plant-based milk) and gluten-free chocolate cookie crumbs. It omits the Cool Whip and uses a lower-sugar brand of gummy worms.
🛒 Ingredients and substitutions
You'll find a complete list of ingredients with amounts in the recipe card below. But before we get to the full recipe, here are a few notes about the ingredients.
- homemade chocolate oat milk pudding You can substitute another plant-based milk, but I have found oat milk makes a thick, rich pudding. You can, of course, substitute whole milk if allergies are not a problem.
- gluten-free chocolate cookies: You'll use these to make cookie crumbs. If you're using chocolate sandwich cookies (like gluten-free Oreos) remove the filling first before crushing. (affiliate link)
- gummy worms
Here's an overview of what you'll do to make this recipe perfectly. You'll find complete instructions in the recipe card at the end of this post.
- Make the pudding.
- Crush the cookie crumbs.
- Layer in a small dessert glass. You can "hide" a gummy worm in the middle of the pudding for a surprise if you like.
- Top with gummy worms, poking out of the chocolate crumbs.
👍🏼 Helpful Tips
Press a small piece of plastic wrap on the top of the pudding to prevent a skin from forming.
🍽 What to serve with Worms and Dirt
For a Hallowe'en party, serve these dirt and worms pudding cups with other fun-to-eat treats like the following gluten-free recipes:
⏰ Storage Instructions
To store: Cover and refrigerate for 3 to 4 days.
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Dairy-Free Dirt and Worms Pudding Cups
- 2 cups chocolate pudding, see link to recipe in Notes
- ½ cup chocolate cookie crumbs
- 12 gummy worms
- Make chocolate oat milk pudding (or substitute any type of milk for the oat milk). Pour into small dessert cups leaving space for cookie crumbs and gummy worms. Press a small piece of plastic wrap on top of each cup to prevent a skin from forming.
- Crush chocolate cookie crumbs by placing the cookies in a resealable bag and crusing with a rolling pin.
- Once the pudding has cooled, sprinkle the cookie crumbs (or "dirt") on top of the pudding.
- Poke one end of the gummy worms into the pudding and serve!